NFL Preseason Week 1 Odds Report & Picks

Jordan Sharp

Monday, August 4, 2014 3:38 PM GMT

There is a full slate of NFL preseason action coming up at the end of this week, and there could be some nice value opening. Here is a brief look at all of the games set to kick off this Thursday, as well as the NFL Odds associated with them.

Colts vs. Jets
The Jets are -3 home favorite, with a total of 36 against the Colts in the first preseason game after the Hall of Fame game. Both of these teams have playoff aspirations in the AFC, and even though the Colts project to be very good, you know Rex Ryan will want to win this game, and start the season out right. Everyone thought Ryan’s job was on the line last season, and he went 3-1 SU in the preseason.

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Patriots vs. Redskins
These two teams have a lot of talk surrounding them, and no one seems to be on the same page with how well or bad they’ll do this year. Some people are pretty bearish on Tom Brady and the Patriots, but this seems to be baseless. The NFL Odds have Washington as a -1 ½ favorite, with a total of 37 points. The Redskins have a new head coach and are playing this game at home, which could really add to their NFL Odds value for this game. However last season new head coaches were only around .500 in the preseason, and 2-4 SU during Week 1.

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49ers vs. Ravens
Even though the starters likely won’t play more than a few series in these first preseason games, the first quarter of this one could be pretty entertaining because, well, the guys who coach are brothers. The NFL Odds are very even at a pick em’, with a total of 35. The Niners come into this season with something to prove, while the Ravens would love to start winning to put a not-so happy offseason behind them. Note that the Niners are 6-2 SU in the preseason over the last two years, however they are only 1-2 SU under coach Jim Harbaugh.

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Bengals vs. Chiefs
Both of these teams made the playoffs last season, however both fizzled out pretty quickly. Cincinnati is a +2 ½ underdog in the NFL Odds, with a total of 35 ½. It’s hard to tell which side of the NFL Odds you should choose. However with a new coaching staff in Cincinnati, they may run their starters a little longer than Andy Reid and his staff will.

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Seahawks vs. Broncos
Not only does the NFL schedule the ‘battle of the brothers,’ in Baltimore, we also get to see a Super Bowl rematch. While it will likely be for only one or two series, we could see some extra fight early in this game. The NFL Odds have the Broncos as -1 favorites, with a total of 37. Being at home against the Hawks, I could see the Broncos trying to air the ball out early in hopes of taking advantage of a secondary with some new parts.

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Cowboys vs. Chargers
The NFL Odds have the Cowboys as +2 ½ underdogs in San Diego, with a total of 36 ½ for the final game this Thursday night. Surprisingly, the Cowboys might not be a bad bet in this game. Jason Garrett is 3-1 SU in Week 1 of the preseason in his four-year career in Dallas. Not only that, but the total may be a pretty good over bet. Neither of these defenses are going to be outstanding this season, no matter who is in the game. 

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